Ebola Crisis

About the Crisis


Although the West African Ebola outbreak has slowed from its peak, communities in the affected countries are still in need of assistance. More than 11,000 people died during the outbreak, leaving thousands of children orphaned and driving countless families into poverty. For many, the illness or death of a loved one means that the family is now struggling to provide for itself. For communities in Liberia, Guinea, and Sierra Leone, getting back on their feet won’t be a quick process, and the effects of the outbreak will likely be felt for many years to come as people continue to rebuild and recover.

USAID and its partners stand ready to help respond to any new cases of Ebola and continues to work with the governments of the affected countries to sustain the gains made by building local capacity. This includes ongoing response as well as long-term recovery activities, such as strengthening local health systems to ensure that future outbreaks can be identified and contained before they escalate to epidemic levels. In addition, international humanitarian organizations are present in all three affected countries, actively working in communities and public health officials to ensure ongoing surveillance and rapid response to new cases.

Details About the Ongoing Response Efforts


USAID created the Center for International Disaster Information (CIDI) in 1988 one month after Hurricane Gilbert made landfall as a Category 5 storm that affected 10 countries. An outpouring of unsolicited donations took up space needed to stage and deliver life-saving relief supplies, and USAID and other responders spent valuable time managing unneeded clothing, expired medicine, and other non-critical items. USAID established the Center to educate the public about the advantages of giving monetary donations to relief organizations and the downside of donating unsolicited material goods. www.cidi.org USAID’s Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance (USAID/OFDA) leads and coordinates the U.S. government’s humanitarian assistance efforts overseas, responding to an average of 65 disasters in more than 50 countries every year. Learn More About USAID/OFDA

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